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Fourth teenage boy arrested over murder of Essex man

Vilson Meshi was found dead in a car last Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fourth teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Essex last weekend.

30-year-old Vilson Meshi was found in a burnt-out car which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon last Saturday.

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He's now been bailed, along with three other teenagers who were arrested on Wednesday.

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Three boys arrested for murder after body found in burnt out car in Essex

Three boys have been arrested for murder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a burnt out car in Essex.

Vilson Meshi, 30, was found dead in a vehicle in Pincey Mead in Basildon on Saturday, February 27.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Basildon, were arrested last night and taken into police custody where they remain.

Police officially name man whose body was found in burnt out car

The scene was cordoned off for forensic examination work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have officially named the man who was found dead in a burnt out car in Essex.

He was 30 year-old Vilson Meshi, formely of Pincey Mead in Basildon but he'd recently been living in Manchester.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

His body was found in a grey Audi parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon on Saturday 27th February. A post-mortem examination showed he died as a result of smoke inhalation.

The enquiry has now become a murder investigation.

Police launch murder hunt after body of a man found in car

The body was found in the car Saturday teatime Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man's body was found in a fire damaged car in Basildon at the weekend.

Officers made the gruesome discovery on Saturday teatime when they found the man's body inside a grey Audi which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate. A post mortem examination found the victim died of smoke inhalation.

"This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something. The vehicle has internal fire damage so I'm keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area."

– Detective Inspector Steve Ellis

Victoria Lampard sent us this report from the scene of the crime..

Basildon murder probe after body found in burnt-out car

The body was found in Pincey Mead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in a burnt-out car in Basildon.

Officers found the 30-year-old man's body in a grey Audi A4 which was parked in Pincey Mead near Pitsea Road.

Essex Police are treating the death as murder and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something.

The vehicle has internal fire damage so I’m keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

I am appealing for witnesses or anyone with information who has yet to speak to police to come forward.

– DI Steve Ellis

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Burglar who dumped stolen ashes in alleyway jailed

Jon Murton Credit: Essex Police

A burglar who stole a box containing the ashes of a woman's husband and then dumped it in an alley, has been jailed.

Jon Murton smashed his way into a woman’s house in Beambridge Court, Basildon last November. He stole a Kindle and jewellery before grabbing the box, which he believed contained more jewellery.

The woman’s husband had passed away just over a year earlier. They had been married for 46 years.

I can’t comprehend why someone would steal ashes and then callously dump them in an alleyway. I can only think Murton believed the box to contain jewellery and discarded it when he discovered this was not the case.

Luckily the box and ashes were found in an alleyway and returned to the victim. The box was ripped but the ashes were found still wrapped up nearby. Understandably this was a very traumatic experience for the victim. I can’t begin to understand what she has been through and can only hope that Murton’s sentencing will bring her some sense of closure to this despicable crime.”

– DC Jo Phillips from Basildon CID

Murton, 35, of Chesterford Gardens, Basildon was sentenced to 15 months in jail.

Safety on A127 to be reviewed after teenager's death

Essex Council Council says it will review safety measures on the A127 near Basildon after a 13-year-old boy was killed on the road on Monday.

The road was blocked for nearly five hours after cars were parked across it in a protest on Tuesday night. Demonstrators are calling for a pedestrian bridge to be built.

A protest of parked cars closed the A127 near Basildon on Tuesday evening following the death of a teenager. Credit: Twitter @DJAllbury

“It is a tragedy when any child loses their life in a road traffic accident. Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this very difficult time.

“We are currently working with Essex Police to investigate the incident, which will take some time to complete. In the meantime, we are urgently reviewing the safety measures along this particular stretch of the A127.

“Earlier today our engineers visited the site to consider all the available options for improving safety along this stretch of dual carriageway.

“Over the coming days we will look to engage with the local community and listen to the concerns raised following this tragic incident.”

– Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council

Dealer jailed for selling Class A drugs in Basildon

Calvin Hope who has been jailed after admitting dealing drugs in Basildon Credit: Essex Police

A London drug dealer who travelled to Basildon to sell heroin and crack cocaine is starting a two and a half year prison sentence.

Calvin Hope of Coleridge Road, London was caught after plain clothed officers who'd been on patrol in Gloucester Park in Basildon spotted the 33-year-old throw a package suspected of containing class A drugs into a nearby bush.

Officers chased down Hope and arrested him before recovering the stash of drugs from the bushes.

The package was found to contain 56 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and Hope was also found to be concealing cannabis in his sock.

Hope was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to all three offences and was jailed for 30 months.

Essex man who stabbed to death his girlfriend jailed for 23 years

Jordan Taylor will spend the next 23 years in prison. Credit: Essex Police

A man who murdered his girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 23 years.

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21-year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.

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